On June 28th I had the pleasure of returning to one of my favorite venues accompanied by a good friend and 3 cameras. Ta'mone Williams graduated from Wartburg College earlier this year and has had a knack for videography and photography for longer than I have actually known the guy. I elected for trying a second shooter in an attempt to have less tripod shots, twice the creativity and someone to converse with during the down time of the wedding day as well as the long drive.
We arrived at Bessie's Barn located just outside of Centerville, Iowa and everything was like I had never left. The last time I was in the venue was in December for the wedding of Haylee and Niles. The only difference this time was the absence of snow which was placed with warm humid air. We arrived and quickly met the bride (Bre) and her mother! We quickly ran through a list of questions and then started our day which was immediately greeted by mimosas thanks to our new friends. Yes mimosas take the edge of excitement off and are always delightful when starting a long day, trust me this isn't my first rodeo.
The couple had painstakingly decorated everything just as such a beautiful venue deserved, they didn't cut corners and had addressed every detail. They even had cheese wheels and glass bottles of soda on hand at the snack bar. Sure they were twist off bottles but at this point my glass for mimosas were endless.
The hair and make up artists controlled the brides room as each bridesmaid went through the ropes of getting prepped for the glorious day. Each wearing a kimono like piece as they waited for their turn. The groom (Lee) patiently waited in his room, as he dawned his suit for the day, suspenders accompanied by a bow tie that would entice any fashion maven. He opened gifts shedding the occasional smile as he placed the new watch on his wrist replacing his old one you could tell he knew that in a few short hours he would finally get to marry the woman of his dreams.
Luckily Bre had not yet written her letter to Lee yet so we were able to orchestrate where we would like for her to do it, considering both the surroundings and ideal lighting we led her to the second floor of the barn and Ta'mone elected to utilize a corner lit only by a single window at waist level. Bre sat down and we started to film her as she wrote the final letter as a single woman to the man of her dreams. It was absolutely silent as she moved the pen against the paper assembling the note for Lee.
They bridesmaids vacated the room as the bride climbed into one of the most luxurious dresses I have witnessed. Add in the fact that it was accented with a veil that featured embroidery from her mother's wedding dress and the overall value of the dress and overall day is elevated to another level.
The first sighting was magical and the groom managed to not shed a tear. The two held each other for a long hug before starting wedding formals. Before wedding formals could start they were temporarily interrupted by the DJ who interjected that his name was Mike. The two just saw each other for the first time and the guy had to choose the least opportune time to give an introduction. It was quite comical and the wedding party had quite the chuckle as they witnessed the event from the second story of the barn,
The day was magical as was the evening but the real reason anyone is here is so that they can watch the preview video so without anymore delay you may watch the preview of their magical day.